Marmet Resigns From TLC

Jan 27, 2005  •  Post A Comment

TLC Senior VP and General Manager Roger Marmet resigned Thursday in the wake of the network’s well-reported ratings collapse.

With a schedule built on shows such as “What Not to Wear,” “While You Were Out” and its signature series, “Trading Spaces,” viewer fatigue with the makeover genre impacted TLC harder than any other network. “Spaces” alone lost more than 50 percent of its audience within the past year.

Mr. Marmet’s exit follows the firing of “Spaces” host Paige Davis last week as the show shifts to an unhosted format.

TLC parent Discovery Communications laid off about two dozen employees, mostly in marketing and new media departments. A spokesperson emphasized the company is not downsizing per se, as it is adding more positions than its losing.

“We opened a bunch of new offices. We announced we’re hiring 300 new jobs over the course of the year,” the spokesperson said.

According to the spokesperson, TLC is considering some “very strong candidates” to replace Mr. Marmet and the network hopes to make an announcement “very soon.”